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Ask the Vet About Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats

Urinary Tract Infections in Pets
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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Aug 20, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: UTI - suspected

Question:Hi there, Doctor, My cat has started to urinate outside if the litter box. He is a 15 year old Siamese. He is in good health otherwise. There is another Siamese in the house. The two of them get along quite well. They sleep together and groom each other. So I kniw the eldest cat is not being bullied away from the litter box. I have read online that generally when a cat urunates outside the litter box it is because the litter is dirty, or he has a UTI. He is urinating small amounts around the house, not large amounts, so I know it is not because he desperately needs to go. Thoughts? Thanks, Rebecca McCullough

Answer:For him to start doing this at his age, I would definitely have your veterinarian screen him for a few different things - most will show up in routine bloodwork and a urinalysis - things like the uti you mentioned, crystals, FLUTD, kidney disease, diabetes, etc.

Date: Aug 17, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Constant UTIS

Question:About every other month my dog gets an UTI We don't have the money to go any further than what we are doing. I have her on a urinary food give her the powder once a day from 1800 pet meds. The clavamox clears it all up in a day or two. Then it comes back. Is there anything else I can do other thatn pricy fixes that me vet has suggested. They said to get an xray but if there is a stone we don't have to money to have it removed. Is there any other meds or natural substance we could give her. She is almost 11 years old.

Answer:Looking for a stone at this point is a really good idea. Other sources/niduses of infection are sometimes due to her conformation: does she have skin folds or hair around where she urinates that trap urine, get wet and cause infection there? If so, losing weight and/or shaving the hair back there might be a good idea. Another good, relatively cheap idea that is worth a try is to keep baby wipes near the door she comes in after urinating and wipe her. A cranberry extract powder is probably what she is already on, if not here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html?Ntt=NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea

Date: Aug 11, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: X rays

Question:My 6 lb dog received 4 digital x rays without my consent. He has prostate problems. Has he been harmed by these x rays?? Thanks

Answer:No.

Date: Aug 9, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment for UTI

Question:I have a 55 pound chocolate lab/Weimaraner mix that has the signs of a UTI. How do I go about treating her? What is the best course of antibiotics and instructions for her size and breed?

Answer:I would get a definitive diagnosis of a urinary tract infection from your veterinarian. They will need a urine sample so keep her from urinating a couple of hours before you take her in. It is ideal, especially with a bladder infection, to culture her urine and see exactly which kind(s) of bacteria is causing the infection and exactly which antibiotics it is susceptible to. Your veterinarian can tell all of this from the urine sample. Over-the-counter medications, like cranberry extract products, are more for preventing recurrence than treating a bladder infection, but here is a link to one such product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

Date: Aug 8, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pee and poop in house behavior

Question:My dog pees and poops on the carpet it has been a foreber thing tho it seems to be mpre often now.we are comstantly letting her out rewarding her,only putting her foof down for 20 min then put to pee and poop. She can pee and poop outsise then come inside and do both again. Im so frustrated we just got new carpet because the other was so bad and she is messing on the new more any suggestions and whats besr to clean it with

Answer:Using a crate is always a good idea. I try to get my clients to use one from the time they get their new dog/puppy. If you haven't been using one, she won't like it to begin with but don't give up. Feed her in it to make it a more positive place. She should stay in the crate whenever you aren't with her. Taking her out really frequently is a good idea as well - like taking a toddler to the toilet every hour or 2 when they are potty training. Febreeze works ok with the smell but having the carpets professionally cleaned always works better.

Date: Jul 30, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Yellow Mucous discharge

Question:I have an 11 year old beagle who has a history of bladder stones. Lately after urination she has had a thick yellow mucous discharge after urination. I don't see any obvious abscess like lesions around the genital area that would indicate an infection. She does not otherwise seem to be bothered. Is it possible for beagles to get yeast infections?

Answer:It's possible, but bacterial infections are more common (vaginitis or even a bladder infection). Bladder infections predispose them to certain types of stones so you will want to have a urinalysis run at your veterinarians this week.

Date: Jul 26, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Proin

Question:Proin has been working well for my dog however I wanted to find out if you have a generic version that would be cheaper.

Answer:I don't know of one. Phenylpropanolamine is the active ingredient and criminals make methamphetamine from it so it is really hard to get it now. We were worried that they were going to discontinue Proin for a long time but we are still able to get the chewable form.

Date: Jul 24, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Dark urine

Question:I have a white cat , and sometimes her urine left on her fur looks brown. She is not urinating more than normal , and eats great. The only other symptom is sometimes after pooping she meows loader than normal. ( she is very vocal tho ). I took her to the vet about it about a month ago , but he said at the time it didn't look that dark to him. ( but I feel it looks pretty dark now ). Thank you so much for your help.

Answer:Hmmm, I would have to see her to really know what you are talking about but when cats over-groom or lick an area a lot, their saliva can turn the fur brown (this happens with dogs as well, when they over-lick their paws, etc when they have allergies) - so maybe that's what she's doing. She may just be a really fastidious groomer, but if it's a lot more than normal, she may have a urinary tract infection or FLUTD. The crying in the litter box makes me wonder if it's related to urinating. I would tell your veterinarian what you have told me and they will probably want to start with a urinalysis on her to check her for these things.

Date: Jul 6, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Remidies BEFORE the Vet Visit

Question:Today, I noticed my cat peeing in the bathtub, just a small spot. There were dried up spots where she must have been going before, maybe a few days prior. Some had red/pink tints, where blood might be. She has been going back and forth from the bathroom to the litter box. Barely anything comes out. I've called the vet and have an appointment on Monday, but couldn't get in sooner than that. I'm worried 4 days is too long to wait, especially if this has already been going on for a few days without my noticing. Is there anything I can give her to alleviate the pain or help the condition as we wait to see a vet?

Answer:I agree that it would be ideal to have her checked before Monday. You can try a cranberry extract product like this one (but when you are seeing blood, you ideally need your veterinarian to do a urinanalysis and start treatment for either a UTI or FLUTD etc): https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

Date: Jul 4, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Uti

Question:Is there an over the counter pill that treats an uti for my cat he is about a year old

Answer:I would not assume a urinary tract infection as most of the time, even bloody urination, frequency and straining are NOT due to bacterial infections of the bladder in cats. Your cat most likely as a urinary tract inflammation with crystals, mucous, etc, and NOT an infection, inspite of what most vets erroneously tell clients. You could try cranberry tablet extracts from health food store to boost urinary tract immune system as well as supplement called D Mannose a pinch sprinkled with each meal INCREASE WET FOOD and eliminate dry food is important long term. You can also try rescue remedy from health food store to deal with emotional stress component that is involved in many cases. Again NOT an infection most of the time. Monitor cat's urine production closely, as male cats are prone to blockages which can be emergencies. See vet ASAP if not producing urine

Date: Jul 3, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Male 2 year old cat, leaking blood

Question:Hello, our cat is dripping blood and leaking urine in many areas away from his litter tray. He is very grumpy, growling, eating and drinking very little. He was neutered 6 months ago. Can I buy the medication from this site if so what would you recommend, please? Thank you very much.

Answer:If he is dripping blood and not eating or drinking much, I would really recommend taking him in to see your veterinarian. This can be a life-threatening situation for male cats if they block up and can't urinate. Nothing from our website will work fast enough to give him the relief he needs. The UT soft chews may help once he gets through this rough part. Here is a link if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/UT+Soft+Chews+For+Cats-prod11084.html?Ntt=UT

Date: Jul 3, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible UIT?

Question:So my dog is 4 year old female Rottweiler. she seems to have a uti. about a week ago she had really bad diarrhea for about a day the next day she seemed fine but when I woke up and looked next to me I noticed a wet spot I just figured she was licking her self so I didn't think any thing of it but then this continued an I realised it was pee but a small about so I knew something was up, but now her viginia seems so be swollen.. I don't have to money to take her to a vet.. what do I do?

Answer:Is she spayed? If not, could she be in heat? Cranberry extract products may help and getting her to drink more water might help. Here is a link to one of our products if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

Date: Jul 1, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Inconstant

Question:Hello, About a year ago my dog got an extremely bad ear infection. The doctor gave her strong antibiotics that caused her to randomly leak urine. He said it would eventually clear up and it was a result of the strong medication. We'll it never cleared up and now that she's indoors more often while I work from home it's more noticeable. Any thoughts or advice?

Answer:I don't know of an antibiotic that causes incontinence, but it is relatively common in older spayed females. It is also (usually) pretty easy to treat with something like Proin. Here is a link if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proin-prod10304.html?Ntt=Proin

Date: Jun 27, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: urine discharge

Question:Cat had kittens approx 48 hours ago, woke up to find puddle of urine (assumed) with blood in it. When she got out of and back into box more liquid with blood leaking out. She is young female was feral would believe to be her first litter. Was not here for birthing, came home from church to find them. She seemed find, only concern I had was piece of meat found approx 2 fingers long and 2 fingers wide.

Answer:All that sounds pretty normal as long as she is acting fine - the "piece of meat" sounds like a placenta.

Date: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Walpoles injection in bladder

Question:Cat was totaled blocked last Thursday. Vet did catheterization gave him convenia and injection of walpoles. Been peeing small amounts but Thursday after work no clumps in litter box. Took back to vet yesterday morning she said his bladder was no full so she said she would injection walpoles straight into bladder and fluids under skin.i called at 3 she say his bladder felt smaller then it had that morning and that he was leaking urine. I informed her I could not afford another Cath . Cat is still going to litter box but no pee but I am cleaning around his penis around where it is crusty . How long does it take the walpoles to work if it is going to work. Cat is not eating or drinking.

Answer:It really depends on the individual cat - we will unblock some cats once and they steadily get better and never have another problem, then other cats continue to reblock until they need another surgery to permanently widen their urethra (PU surgery, usually from a specialist). That is, thankfully, rare - but stay in close contact with your veterinarian because they saw how many crystals he has and will be better able to give you a prognosis.


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